Though the members of the Rolling Stones weren’t able to make it to rock icon Chuck Berry‘s private funeral service in St. Louis on Sunday (Apr. 9), guitarist Keith Richards posted a heartfelt tribute to his hero on Facebook in which he praised Berry.

“If I flip the coin and wonder how Chuck Berry reacted to me when he first heard my feeble efforts to spread his groove, my guess is a disdainful chuckle and then a gleam as he imagined the royalties roll in. Then a realization that his music was far more important than he had ever imagined. (He did thank me for that). And, let’s face it, Chuck had imagination. Just check the songs.”

Source : Billboard